PhD research investigates common neck pain

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PhD research investigates common neck pain


PhD student Lee Daffin explains his spinal posture testing to Science Honours student Cecilia Severin

12 May 2014

A former chiropractor has started detailed spinal posture research at the University of the Sunshine Coast to probe the problem of neck pain.

PhD student Lee Daffin, 45, of Conondale, aims to uncover the neurological mechanisms responsible for the development of non-specific neck pain.

Non-specific neck pain is pain not caused by trauma, while neurological relates to the nervous system.

Mr Daffin said previous research suggested that up to 80 percent of the population would experience episodes of this health issue during their lives.

“Modern society is cultivating a generation that will never develop a normal neck curvature,” he said.

“Forward head posture is the universal head position observed in societies globally, predominantly due to the increase in computer usage.

“I’m investigating the neck’s curvature and the mechanisms involved in upright balance control. The aim is to develop a clinical test to identify individuals who may develop non-specific neck pain before they develop this lifelong problem.”

Mr Daffin has 10 years’ clinical experience and tutors in Anatomy at USC.

He is seeking 150 people aged 18 to 30 for the project. For details email

Julie Schomberg



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